GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Edzell Blue Door Walk

6 miles (9.5 km)

This popular walk in Edzell takes you along a splendid river gorge on the North Esk river in Glen Esk. On the way there's lots of pretty waterfalls and interesting geological formations as you head through the area known as the Rocks of Solitude.
The route starts in the village and heads north along the river to Gannochy Tower and Saw Mill Cottage. Here you cross the Gannochy Bridge where you'll find theblue door which leads to the grounds of 18th century Burn House.
The route continues north passing the picturesque spot where the Burn of Kirkton flows into the North Esk. A little further on you'll come to the Loups Bridge where you can see the Salmon Leap and the remains of the suspension bridge.
You continue north to the Rocks of Solitude and Doulie Cottage where you turn south to Woodburn and Brackens Lodge. The route then rejoins the river at Gannochy Bridge and heads back into Edzell.

Postcode

DD9 7TE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Edzell Blue Door Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Edzell Blue Door Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you could head to the Glen Esk Hotel for some post walk refreshment. Here you'll find the remarkable 360 bar which has a vast selection of drinks including the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in Europe. There's also a dining area where you can enjoy high quality meals made with local produce. You can find them on the High Street at postcode DD9 7TF for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in Glen Esk you could head a few miles north west and enjoy a climb to Mount Keen, the most easterly of the Scottish Munros. There's also Loch Lee where you can visit the stunning Falls of Unich and the Falls of Damff.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

River North Esk from Gannochy Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1433388

River North Esk from Gannochy Bridge

The River North Esk - geograph.org.uk - 558271

The North Esk, a famous salmon river, flowing in a deep gorge in the grounds of "The Burn" house.

Darlingford Pool - geograph.org.uk - 1433520

Darlingford Pool

Old Tower in the Blue Door woods at Glen Esk near Edzell - geograph.org.uk - 67559

Old Tower in the woods at Glen Esk near Edzell. Resides almost hidden up above the "Blue Door" walk just short of the Rocks of Solitude.

Burn of Kirkton tumbles into River North Esk - geograph.org.uk - 1433527

Burn of Kirkton tumbles into River North Esk. A neat footbridge crosses the burn.

Salmon leap and remains of suspension bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1433581

Salmon leap and remains of suspension bridge

The Burn House Suspension Bridge, Glen Esk - geograph.org.uk - 67122

The Burn House Suspension Bridge, Glen Esk. Old hunting party 'Loups Bridge' above the salmon leap.

Beech trees beside the riverside walk - geograph.org.uk - 1433631

Beech trees beside the riverside walk

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Edzell Blue Door Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Edzell Blue Door Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)